Archive for October, 2010
(NaturalNews) Much of the concern surrounding plastic products these days is centered around bisphenol-A (BPA), a plastics chemical that numerous studies have found disrupts proper hormonal function and interferes with proper sexual development, among other things. But phthalates, another type of plastics chemical, are also highly dangerous, and are found in all sorts of consumer products that contain plastic and rubber components.
A recent study conducted by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) found that all sorts of products — including pencils, toys, shoes, erasers, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, paint, electric cables, snack bags, and clothing — contain phthalates. According to a recent Reuters report, there are roughly 25 different phthalates used in various products, and while their purpose is to make plastics more flexible, their effects on health are devastating.
Phthalates are literally everywhere, from the plastics in cars to food packaging, and everything in between. And like BPA, phthalates are linked to sexual dysfunction, particularly male infertility. According to scientists and many governments, global sperm counts have decreased by roughly 50 percent over the past 50 years as a result of phthalates. Some phthalates have been shown to directly inhibit the production of testosterone in developing fetal rats.
“Phthalates are endocrine disrupting and medical literature suggests they may be linked to some reproductive defects in the male fetus,” says Allison Tannis in her book Probiotic Rescue: How You Can Use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More. “Phthalates are gaining attention as a possible cancer-causing chemical that should be avoided.”
The European Union (EU) banned phthalates from children’s toys back in 1999, but there are many products children use that fall outside the regulations. In the U.S., phthalates are widely used, but some manufacturers have voluntarily dropped phthalates from their products.
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The Honourable Jim Prentice, minister of the environment, and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, minister of health, took action today towards increased controls on bisphenol A, a chemical that can be harmful to human health and the environment.
Adding bisphenol A to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA 1999), enables the development of regulatory risk management measures under CEPA 1999. The Final Order adding bisphenol A to Schedule 1 was published today in the Canada Gazette, Part II.
“The government of Canada has a strong record of taking action on bisphenol A to protect the environment and health of Canadians,” said Minister Prentice. “We are continuing our leadership on this issue and Canadians can rest assured that we are working hard to monitor and manage bisphenol A.”
Source: Canadian Government
Article from FoodBev.com
Comment from H2O International SA:
More and more people throughout the world are becoming aware of the of the negative health impacts of storing food and drink in containers made from plastics that contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA).
As illustrated by the article above, the health issues surrounding the use of BPA containing materials are so serious that governments are starting to take action to regulate and eventually completely prohibit the use of this harmful chemical.
H2O International SA is also following suite in this progressive standpoint regarding BPA, and will soon be launching a new range of unique, stylish and modern BPA-Free reusable water bottles!
Keep a close eye on our blog to learn more about future developments regarding our exciting new range of BPA-Free water bottles!